Ventry, from the Irish meaning “the white beach”, officially known as Ceann Trá, is a Gaeltacht village on the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry.
The village is popular with tourists, largely due to the miles of beautiful, golden sandy beach, which is also a blue flag beach.
There are number of activities to keep you occupied, including numerous water sports, horse riding, walking trails, and cycling routes.
Close to the village are the ruins of Dunbeg, an Iron Age promontory fort on the edge of a steep cliff.
Near Dunbeg is Kilvickadownig, home to a number of archeological ruins, including examples of a beehive house.
Rahinnane Castle was the residence of the Knight of Kerry, who lived there until Cromwellian times. The castle was built on the site of an old ringfort.
On 4 October 1939, German submarine U-35 entered Ventry Bay and landed 28 Greek sailors of the MV Diamantis, which had been torpedoed by a U-boat. The event was commemorated with a plaque in October 2009.
Ventry is also home to the renowned O’Sé Kerry Gaelic Football family, with a bronze statue of Paidi O’Sé situated outside the family-owned pub.
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